MUSIC FOR AT MUSICIANS (2015)

Music for AT Musicians is an installation consisting of dial-up modems, software and projections. As producers of audible signal, the ensemble of modems performs from a score based on the text of their own instruction manual. The modems are conducted by custom software (using the Hayes AT command set) to play tones relating to and in sync with the on-screen text projection.

Unlike more recent network technologies, the modem exposes data's ultimate translation into signal, the transmitted form that is usually hidden from the user. The modem's audibility completes a feedback loop with the user, referencing the historical practice of 'debugging by ear'.

While the modem is a perfect generator of signal, its limited tonal range, timbre and speed speaks to the difficulty of explanation and loss of information inherent in the translations that occur between user input and its eventual transformation into signal.

Command Reference and Translation Table (PDF)

Exhibited at Dreamland, Buffalo NY on July 1, 2015

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